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Summer Robertson

I am a mother of 4 beautiful children living countryside in a tiny home with my sweet family. We founded fawn&forest in 2007 with an intention of creating a shop that reflects our love for living simply with children.

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Get outside!

by Summer Robertson

get outside! fawn&forest

 

Get outside & enjoy the final days of Summer!

We're having an end of the Summer sale.
Use code GETOUTSIDE at checkout for 12% off.


Sale ends Monday, Sept 3rd at midnight PST.
*Restricted: Bumbleride, Monte, Stokke, Babyletto, Nursery Works, Naturepedic & Oeuf.
 


MID-SUMMER & WHEAT COFFEE

by Summer Robertson

fawn&forest heritage

Happy 1st day of Summer!
We're having a Mid-Summer sale through July 9th to celebrate! 
Use code SUMMER at checkout for 10% off.


Sale ends Monday, July 9th 2018 at midnight PST.
*Restricted: Bumbleride, Monte, Stokke, Naturepedic & Oeuf.
 



I shared a moment of the everyday heritage that I pass onto my children on Instagram recently. It resonated with so many that I couldn't resist sharing with you as well. 

"Wheat Coffee" — my grandma used to make my brother and I "weak" coffee when we were little (somehow translated to wheat coffee and well, it stuck). I thought it was the most wonderful thing in the world, coffee! She would pour a cup full of milk and dribble just a tiny bit of coffee in, just enough to lend some faint color & taste. We would sit and drink it sooooo slowly with her. —

To capture all the wonderful parts of our childhood, the unlikely rituals & traditions for our own children is heritage. Heritage doesn't have to be extraordinary, just meaningful. — My own children love wheat coffee made of a bit of Dad's leftover coffee, shaken cold with milk and has nicely replaced our warm tea during our morning reading time. #lessonslearnedfromgrandma ...

And the comments are just as wonderful! As it turns out, so many of us shared the same special moment drinking coffee as a child, more here!


Welcome Spring! 10% off Sale

by Summer Robertson

“That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.” 
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea


Happiest 1st day of Spring! 

 

Shop storewide savings ―
Enjoy 10% off with code SPRING at checkout.
Sale ends Monday, March 26th.

*Some brands are excluded including Stokke, Oeuf, Babyletto, Bumbleride, Monte & Naturepedic.
Cannot be combined with rewards discounts.


Our favorite Living Books

by Summer Robertson

 our favorite living books | fawn&forest

One thing I am not minimal about —  books! From the start I have filled my children's life with as many books as our budget would allow.  Books nurture the natural curiosity of childhood and I think we could forgo nearly all early childhood learning tools and fill all those cozy moments in our children's days with books.

There's a remarkable connection that happens with our children when we read out loud together and I have found it unnecessary to directly teach my children a rote style memorization of colors, numbers or the alphabet — these basic elements come alive and become real in a tangible way when we read together, which inspires conversations and future adventures together.

Books with such beauty in reference to the world around us are what educator Charlotte Mason refers to as living books and I couldn't agree more! We now have a handful of favorites in the shop from beloved authors such as Gerda Muller & Elsa Beskow ... shop all BOOKS HERE. 


Also, they always seem to sell out quick but we did a re-stock on the wood animals! Another favorite, the pixie dolls, is also available in the shop.


Autumn Morning Tea

by Summer Robertson

We have been enjoying cool & quiet autumn mornings at home this week. Before we sit down to our morning basket time I make tea for myself & each of my children. Tea always seems to set the tone for a cozy, peaceful morning together, even for little ones. Our favorite tea at the moment is organic rooibos vanilla which is naturally caffeine free and perfect with cream & a touch of honey. 

Our morning basket time is a time we set aside to read aloud the books in our reading basket which we keep in a cozy spot next to "mama's reading chair". We read through all kinds of books and topics, but seasonal books with pictures, stories about nature and animal adventure always seem to have a special spot. We take weeks & months reading through novels, poetry and history ... little bit of everything for each of my children, ages 2 through 12. 

Here is a list of a few things in our Autumn Basket this month:

All Creatures Great & Small by James Herriot
Autumn by Gerda Muller
Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
Tales of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Essential Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

We spend about 2 hours a day reading together, so our basket is quite full & changes often : )


Teatime & Heirloom Ceramic Cups
My children love using our beautiful heirloom ceramic cups, perfect for tea or as a little pot for all the yummy autumn applesauce to be scarfed up right now!  Available in the shop,
HERE.

 

 


A summertime sale

by Summer Robertson

"All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer —
one of those summers which come seldom into any life,
but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which,
in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing,
come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world."
—L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams


If you've had your eye on something, be sure to shop our Summertime Sale...
Use code SUMMER for 10% off through Monday, July 31st. 

Please note that rewards discounts cannot be combined with a sale discount code. 

(*Excluded brands: Oeuf, Naturepedic, Monte, Stokke.)


Nature Collection Tray x Wildflowers

by Summer Robertson

Flowers are popping up everywhere in the field at the top of our hill — wild irises and bluebells and lilacs bushes that seem to have been there forever. All the weed-y wildflowers that only children seem to notice.. wild sweet peas, buttercups and the start of the Queen Anne's lace.  

We've been putting our f&f exclusive Nature Collection Tray to fine use this month, gathering and collecting as we go.  It's so interesting how a field of flowers can come together into a lovely collection for drawing, imagining, smelling & feeling that may otherwise go unnoticed. Our next project is to take the dried lilac blossoms & soak them in oil to create a lovely scented homemade perfume to remind us of the beautiful spring we've had.

You can find our Nature Collection Trays here.

 


a gift for my baby dear

by Summer Robertson

I purchased this doll cradle several years ago at a thrift shop in hopes of giving it to my some-day daughter. My prayers were answered and in anticipation of my daughter's 2nd birthday recently I pulled the cradle out of storage. It needed some work — a new bottom and of course a handmade tufted mat made of ticking. A pillow and a blanket and some handmade doll clothes as well. My hands have been busy sewing!

I enjoy simple projects like this that take more time than money, that carry a certain sentiment that will last throughout the years with all of my daughter's laughter, smiles and gentle care of her little baby dears.  


collegien knee highs

by Summer Robertson

Whoever saw a child tired of seeing, of examining in his own way, unfamiliar things? This is the sort of mental nourishment for which he has an unbounded appetite, because it is that food of the mind on which, for the present, he is meant to grow — Charlotte Mason

My daughter is at this stage, the pull-everything-out-and-try-it-on stage. She can now put a pair of socks on in like 3 seconds and beams a great big smile of satisfaction.

Plus, chubby baby knees in knee high socks, cutest evvvvvvvver.

Shop Collégien Knee Highs 


Nature Collection Tray

by Summer Robertson

fawn&forest nature collection trays

 

“In the meantime, relax. Take a break. Look at the clouds. Listen to the wind. Let the birds do the heavy lifting." ― Richard Louv

We love to tromp around in the woods with our children, to explore fields and climb trees. Along the way, children gather. Leaves are picked up, rocks & acorns find their way into pockets, pinecones in hand. Your children will love to see their gatherings come alive in our fawn&forest exclusive Nature Collection Trays, a satisfying way to end a good walk outside. 

Shop our Nature Collection Trays, here.


Summer Robertson

I am a mother of 4 beautiful children living countryside in a tiny home with my sweet family. We founded fawn&forest in 2007 with an intention of creating a shop that reflects our love for living simply with children.

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